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Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General, Loves the Kitchen Garden

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Michelle Obama and the family’s personal chef, Sam Kass, in the White House kitchen garden in 2010. Photo Charles Dharapak/Associated Press.

Kass takes inner-city students in Washington on tours of the White House garden

By Jennifer Steinhaueraug
New York Times
28, 2014

Excerpt:

Mr. Kass is expected to stay through the end of the president’s second term as one of the last remaining original staff members of this White House, perhaps for no other reason than his love of the garden, where 1,000 pounds of food are grown each year, much of it served on the premises.

“He has this bizarre affection for a fig tree,” said Eddie Gehman Kohan, whose blog, ObamaFoodorama.com, documents the eating life of the White House. She was describing a tree that grew from a sapling donated to the White House by Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate. Once, she said, the tree was accidentally yanked up and tossed with the weeds, but Mr. Kass rescued it.

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The farm-to-vase movement: Local flower farms sprout on urban lots around New Orleans

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Four New Orleans flower farms give a shout out to their favourite flowers.

The vast majority of cut flowers sold in the United States today are imported from Colombia, the Netherlands, Kenya, Israel

By Susan Langenhennig
NOLA.com – The Times-Picayune
August 20, 2014

Excerpt:

More than a decade ago, the soft-spoken gardener began growing roses, lilies, lavender and other flowers and fragrant herbs on a formerly blighted lot, now laid out in a neat parterre.

Interest in the less-traveled bouquet is finally catching up with her.

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August 30, 2014   Comments Off on The farm-to-vase movement: Local flower farms sprout on urban lots around New Orleans